The Magic Moment
by Coach John Bagonzi
There are several
athletic pursuits in which propulsion -- the ability to propel
an object with force and accuracy -- is a vital factor. The
degree to which one can unite parts of the body so that potential
(stored) energy is rapidly converted to kinetic (motion) energy
often dictates the level of success.
Athletic skills such
as throwing a shot, hurling a javelin, slapping a puck, hitting
a baseball, or driving a golf ball all require a timing and
a union of forces at an optimum instant to achieve top performance.
Nowhere is this more
obvious than with a pitcher throwing a baseball. Done correctly,
there is a surge of power and an acceleration of the throwing
process (arm speed) which in turn increases velocity. I refer
to this optimum instant as The Magic Moment.
coaches are constantly in search of the combination of events
that produce a strong fastball. There have been disagreements
on Pushing Off vs. not Pushing Off, late closure or not, high
leg kick or not. As a pitching technician, I'm particularly
sensitive to teaching mechanics that enhance arm speed. Much
commotion and effort goes into the manufacture of full mechanics
that result in pitching style and rhythm.
IN MOST YOUNG PITCHERS' BODIES IS A LATENT FASTBALL -- ONE THAT
HASN'T BEEN REALIZED YET. . . .
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